Innovative Medical Equipment
Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgry (TEM) System
The TEM system was one of the new pieces of state-of-the-art equipment generously donated for The Vic’s minimally invasive surgery suites. The Vic was only the third site in Canada to use this groundbreaking technology, which allows major bowel surgeries to be done as day surgeries without an incision. Patients now experience less pain, fewer complications and faster recover times – all thanks to this one special gift.
Leading-Edge Diagnostic and Treatment Tools
In 2014, The Vic Foundation was able to invest almost $80,000 in specialized equipment to enhance patient care thanks to the generosity of supporters.
- Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)
AEDs are used to treat cardiac arrest, which occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. These machines are battery-operated, portable and can be used by almost anyone. They can be found in a variety of places around the hospital in case of an emergency and can make a remarkable difference in the ability to save a patient’s life.
- Ceiling Hoist System
A ceiling-mounted hoist system is an ideal solution for lifting and moving people from one place to another in a safe manner. They can be mounted in any indoor space and reach anywhere in any room, which enables the floor and surrounding areas to be less cluttered and offers a safer and more efficient space for staff to provide care.
- Bariatric Wheelchairs
Bariatric wheelchairs are essential to easily transport a larger person from place to place.
- Bariatric Chairs
Bariatric chairs provide comfortable seating for individuals weighing up to 500 lbs.
- Sliding Sheets
Flat sliding sheets are used to easily and safely perform a wide range of patient-handling maneuvers and can prevent injuries.
- Repositioning Slings
Repositioning slings are designed to reduce the risk of injury to caregivers by assisting with positioning and adjustments in bed. They may also be used for lateral transfers.
- Rhino-Laryngo Fiberscope
A rhino-laryngo fiberscope is a complete, all-in-one fully portable solution for rhino-laryngoscopy. It allows for excellent visualization of the vocal cords and enables an easy, portable diagnosis.
- Intubation Scope
The mobile bronchoscope is a versatile, all-in-one system that enables efficient airway management. It can be used in a variety of settings, but is especially helpful in emergency or intensive care situations. It benefits patients by providing the medical staff with a consistently clear view of the airway and tube placement, which assists in quick intubation.
Thanks to the generosity of two loyal supporters, The Vic Foundation has invested $25,000 in an innovative piece of equipment that is used to help improve a patient’s hearing. This equipment, known as a micromanipulator, allows surgeons to make more precise incisions during middle ear procedures, which ultimately helps to improve patient safety.
The micromanipulator allows for quicker operations, less anesthetic, easier set-up for nursing staff and improved results for patients.
GreenLight XPS Laser Therapy
The Vic was the first medical facility in Manitoba to treat enlarged prostate using a breakthrough laser treatment called GreenLight XPS Laser Therapy.
Patients experience rapid symptom relief, a dramatic improvement in urinary flow, minimal side effects and a rapid recovery following the procedure. The therapy uses laser energy to vaporize enlarged prostate tissue, resulting in an open channel for urine to flow through and fewer risks of sexual dysfunction and other side effects common with traditional invasive surgery procedures.
Blood Pressure Monitors
Thanks to a generous supporter, The Vic Foundation was able to invest in new, world-class blood pressure monitors that enable more accurate blood pressure monitoring. The machines have a new technology that allows for greater reliability even in difficult situations such as measuring hypertensive patients or patients who are not able to sit still. These machines have the highest sensitivity when taking readings, which benefits patients by allowing them to be as comfortable as possible.
Multi-Therapy Pressure Relief Mattress System
When a patient is lying in bed, they are often required to rest in a specific position to avoid further injury and heal faster. Lack of movement creates constant pressure on one or more specific areas of the body and can quickly cause the compound tissue to die, forming painful sores known as pressure ulcers.
Pressure-relief mattress systems are designed for pressure redistribution to help prevent and treat ulcers as well as improve safety and comfort. They have special features designed to relieve pressure and remove moisture on a patient’s skin, particularly in sensitive areas such as the heels.